Tony Donaldson got his start as an athlete, racing BMX then starting his own BMX Freestyle team, touring the Midwest doing shows at fairs, festivals and events, starting his first business when he was only 15.
Associated Press photographer and friend Seth Perlman took Tony under his wing and taught him the basics of photography, within months he was working as a stringer for AP then earned himself a staff position on a BMX magazine he had grown up reading.
After working for several years on several magazines, he went out on his own. Tony’s clients include magazines like ESPN, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Millimeter, Golf, the New York Times, and advertising clients including Activision, Maxxis Tire, Tioga Tires, Oakley, OTB Jeans and others.
In high demand for his knowledge of the business, creative and technical sides of photography, he’s written product and software reviews, an editorial column, and lectures at conventions around the country on photography. You can find the two books he’s written, both on BMX, at Borders and Amazon.com. He’s currently working on another book or two.
Clients love him for the power of his images and the ease of working with him. He can work within extreme time limits, e.g. the time he had to photograph director George Lucas and was able to create two completely different images with radically different lighting in just ten minutes with Lucas. Tony has a gift of developing instant rapport with his subjects, drawing out interesting and sometimes rare sides of them.
People are at ease around Tony and his unconventional, laid-back style. He works well with celebrities and World-class athletes alike. From a quick editorial portrait to a large layout, Tony and his crew bring out the best in people.
He also is in demand for his work as a director of photography on commercials, short films and a television pilot or two, for clients from bicycle companies to short film producers to Apple Computer. You can see more of his work on those at tdfilms.com.
He is based in Los Angeles, California with his wonderful wife, Jennifer.